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10:25 AM ET, October 1, 2010

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HP:
Léo Apotheker Named CEO and President of HP  —  The Board of Directors of HP today announced the election of Léo Apotheker as Chief Executive Officer and President.  Apotheker, who previously served as CEO of SAP, will also join HP's Board of Directors.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
HP Stock Tanks After It Hires No-Name CEO  —  Leo Apotheker's run at HP is off to a rough start.  —  After HP named Apotheker CEO, its stock is down 4% in after hours trading, which means he's already destroyed $4.45 billion in shareholder value!  —  Not really Apotheker's fault …
Richard Rabbat / Chromium Blog:
WebP, a new image format for the Web  —  As part of Google's initiative to make the web faster, over the past few months we have released a number of tools to help site owners speed up their websites.  We launched the Page Speed Firefox extension to evaluate the performance of web pages …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google offers JPEG alternative for faster Web
Muthu Muthusrinivasan / Social Web Blog:
Google URL Shortener Gets a Website  —  We first introduced the Google URL Shortener (goo.gl) last December as part of Google Toolbar and Feedburner.  Since our initial release, we've integrated the technology into many other Google products including News, Blogger, Maps, Picasa Web Albums …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google URL Shortener Opened To The Public; Comparing To Bit.ly & Twitter  —  Just what the world needs, another URL shortener, right?  Google seems to think to, and it's now making its own Goo.gl service widely available to anyone — complete with tracking and statistics — for free.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Goo.gl's Awesome Easter Egg To Instantly Turn Any Link Into A QR Code
Discussion: Techie Buzz
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Stop It.  Google Won't Buy Twitter.  —  (image) Today I landed from a trip to the world of the non-tech obsessed (PA and OH) to find my newsfeed was full of speculation that Google MUST buy Twitter, or be damned to obscurity in a race its already losing to Facebook.  —  Not so fast.
Discussion: FM Blog
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon scoop extravaganza: Motorola Venus with portrait QWERTY, Stingray LTE tablet, and more?  —  We've been tipped by multiple sources today on some interesting developments in Verizon's roadmap over the next couple quarters, and if you're a BlackBerry fan, an Android fan …
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, AT&T Set to Unveil Windows 7 Handsets  —  Microsoft Corp. will unveil a lineup of smartphones using the revamped version of its mobile operating system on Oct. 11, and AT&T Inc. plans to begin selling them in early November, according to people familiar with the launch plans.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Email Confirms Exec Departures With an Internal Memo From Bartz's “Foxhole” (Plus 8-K!)  —  Finally, a funny from Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, confirming what BoomTown reported yesterday about the departures of three top execs in an email memo to the company's employees worldwide.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Failures in mobile space cost Steve Ballmer half his bonus  —  Microsoft documents filed with the SEC reveal that CEO Steve Ballmer received only half of the maximum bonus available to him because of the company's struggles in the mobile market.  —  An annual proxy filing to the SEC …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Why Yahoo And AOL Should Immediately Merge  —  The two struggling Internet giants of the 1990s, Yahoo and AOL, should merge.  —  Immediately.  —  (In fact, it's ridiculous that they haven't already).  —  This idea isn't new—we've been calling for it for three years, and …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Could AOL Merge With Yahoo? …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Ugliest Girl At The Dance: How Yahoo Destroyed Yelp's Google Acquisition  —  A fascinating footnote to the failed Google acquisition of Yelp last December: a Yahoo counteroffer killed the deal, say two source with knowledge of the situation.  —  As of December 17 Yelp was in the final stages …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung terminates support for Symbian  —  It was almost a year ago that a senior Samsung VP was quoted expressing plans to drop Symbian.  Samsung quickly backtracked on those comments with a vague commitment to its multi-OS strategy.  Well, the other shoe just dropped via an email sent …
Times of India:
DoT rejects BlackBerry's email decoding solution  —  DELHI: The BlackBerry security jinx is unlikely to be resolved soon.  The telecom department has rejected the interception solution offered by Canada's (RIM) for its secure corporate email service.  What's more is that it has spurned RIM's …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Six Months After Leaving Digg, Jay Adelson Opens Up, Hints at Stealth Project  —  Yesterday, at the TechCrunch Distupt conference, Digg founder Kevin Rose apologized for a recent redesign to the site that has turned off users in droves, lamented that Digg's board once turned …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Hits UK November 1st  —  Samsung has finally announced the UK availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the tablet will hit shops on Monday 1st November and will be available on all major networks.  —  The Galaxy Tab will be sold by Carphone Warehouse …
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech unveiling Google TV product on Oct. 6  —  Logitech sent this invitation to journalists.  —  It looks as if Logitech will beat Sony across the Google TV finish line.  —  Sony recently trumpeted an October 12 event in New York City, at which the company will be revealing its Google TV-powered Internet TV.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to be testing touchscreen panels for new iMac  —  Rumors of a touchscreen desktop iMac continue to persist, with a new report on Friday alleging that Apple is testing potential displays for the supposed hardware.  —  Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes said that Sintek Photronics …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Even Without COICA, White House Asking Registrars To Voluntarily …
Bloomberg:
Google Maintains Hiring, Seeks Additional Advertisers in China
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Patent protection key to Windows Phone 7 license
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, IntoMobile and eWeek
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Scientists Release HDCP Decryption Tool
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Speaks Frankly About The New Digg Rollout (TCTV)
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:jboitnott
Jeff Cormier / The Next Web:
Quora adds ability to insert images, no longer just a Q&A site.
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